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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 40

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 40

  • Tristram claims that the nose is the seat of reason. In other words, men don't think with their heads, they think with their… noses. Yeah, noses.
  • Moving on, Tristram says that if the best thinker watched Toby listening to Mr. Shandy, he would have thought that Toby was reasoning very strongly. But surprise, surprise, he wasn't.